Jones, Waihi Beach – design and build

This project coincided with a major extension and the remodelling of the existing house plus the construction of a new cottage, all sited on a semi rural property. The clients brief was basically quite simple; keep the rural and rustic feel, maintaining a sense of space for children to roam, play & enjoy, plus include some exotic elements to appease the adults. Our focus went first to the nature of the house alterations. The exterior cladding and look of the existing dwelling was to be retained with the new modern addition quite literally ‘married’ onto it. So too the theme of marrying old and new became an important theme in the landscape design with recycled materials being used extensively and existing gardens & trees retained where possible. As a result large river rocks feature heavily and sit well alongside well-worn recycled cobblestones, aged macrocarpa decking, jarrah bridge beams, railway sleepers and redwood post and rail fencing. This amplifies the rustic country feel and a true sense of timelessness. Although brand new, the potentially harsh elements of the raised concrete swimming pool and large concrete driveway all still seem to blend nicely with the ageless surrounds of established gum trees and post’n rail bordered horse paddocks. This softening was achieved primarily by way of strategic planting and by drawing attention to the approaches to both the house entrance and pool. These approaches provide an experience for pedestrians by way of wide macrocarpa boardwalks that forge through the lush gardens. Comprising a mixture of native and subtropical plants the planting scheme relies more on striking foliage rather than colour so as not to steal the show from the timber and rock. This scene is then transformed by night into a shadowy wonderland thanks to subtle garden and path lighting.

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